CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland police are asking for the public’s help to find a man who tried to kidnap one woman outside of Tremont coffee shop and then attacked and tried to strangle another woman on the same day.
The incidents involving Kevin Ballard, 27, happened Saturday, Cleveland police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia said. In the first instance, Ballard is accused of following a woman from a Tremont coffee shop. He then grabbed the woman and tried to pull her away, but was deterred when she threw her coffee on him, Ciaccia said.
In the second Saturday incident involving Ballard, he is accused of approaching a woman on her porch and pushing her inside the house, Ciaccia said. Once inside, he choked the woman, attempting to strangle her.
The woman screamed and fought off Ballard, and he left the scene, Ciaccia said.
Authorities did not say how they identified Ballard as the man involved in both incidents, only stating that “further investigation” led to police learning his name, Ciaccia said.
Anyone who has information about where Ballard could be is asked to call Cleveland police or dial 911, Ciaccia said.
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